Tree Study 25, In Black and White

Tree Study 25, in Black and White

Tree Study 25, in Black and White

This tree sits on a ridge near Chisbury, in Wiltshire, to the south of the hill fort there. The tree is very attractive to my camera, and I have telephoto and wide-angle shots of it in all seasons, the branches bare or shimmering with young spring leaves.

Today, I went for a trip around the lanes at lunch-time, as, from a photography perspective, any bright day in winter needs to be grabbed; there will, after all, be plenty more rainy grey days, before March.

With the cloud structure present — a kind of grey mackerel sky beneath an even higher layer of cirrus — a wide-angle photo was called for. I had brought with me my old Vivitar 19-35mm lens. It’s not stellar, but how much sharpness do you need when the everything is going to end up tiny and far away…

On returning home, and loading the photos into Lightroom, this photo was as nice as I expected. I could also see that a black and white version would work even better.

So there was some button clicking, some slider sliding, some contrast and brightness jiggery-pokery, and hey presto….

[This pic was subsequently on Flickr Explore for 17 Dec 13]

Posts and Wire

Posts and Wire by stevedewey2000
Posts and Wire, a photo by stevedewey2000 on Flickr.

The weekend was mostly cloudy and grey, very autumnal, and birds were hiding away from me. This pattern of fence posts, however, caught my eye.

(And this was an experiment in posting directly from Flickr…)

Wiltshire Songs on Kindle

For various reasons, I needed to experiment with creating a Kindle book; the processes, the layout, and so on. For my experiment, I collected together some of my thematically similar poems and made a little book of poetry.

I’m not entirely sure now that I know how something is going to look when it gets on to somebody else’s Kindle, and they use different sized fonts, or if they read it on an iPhone. Still, it was a valuable couple of hours of learning and there is now a Kindle for purchase…